Flexible ticketing for part-time commuters from January 2015

London’s part-time commuters will be able to buy flexible travel tickets from January 2015. The Mayor will now instruct TfL to work up detailed plans and costings for the proposal. This is directly in response to a recent report published by Conservative London Assembly Member Roger Evans. “Home Works” urges TfL to introduce part-time Travelcards and annual rebates for those who underuse their full-time tickets.

Part-time travelcards will put cash in the pocket of commuters from January 2015

At the beginning of last year I published a report called Home Works. In it, I argued that Transport for London should introduce part-time Travelcards and annual rebates for those who underuse their full-time tickets. As well as encouraging flexible working, the introduction of part-time Travelcards would help to make part-time work pay and reduce demand on London’s overcrowded public transport. Unfortunately the Mayor is…

Budget: £10m for council tax cut, part-time Travelcards and affordable workspaces for start-ups

2014/15 costed proposals will slash over-the-top TfL perks and put cash into the pockets of Londoners Money raised from scrapping the over generous TfL “nominee pass”, which allows free travel for flatmates and lodgers of staff, should be ploughed into helping council tax payers, commuters and start-up businesses, according to Gareth Bacon, GLA Conservatives budget spokesman. The estimated £10m raised by cancelling the nominee pass…

Local pubs included for the first time in Mayor’s draft London plan

Steve O’Connell, author of report urging protection for pubs, calls for market testing of empty pub sites The “important role” of London’s pubs has been recognised for the first time in the Mayor’s new draft London Plan, and the Capital’s boroughs are encouraged to “maintain, manage and enhance” them. The plan also supports councils in preventing the loss of pubs, if it can be demonstrated…

Tony Arbour: Oppose any increase in flights at Heathrow

This week, my Conservative colleagues and I voted against a poorly drafted motion in the London Assembly. Although the motion aimed to oppose a larger Heathrow, the way it was written was unclear, opening the door for the introduction of mixed mode at Heathrow, increasing flights and noise for millions of Londoners. As a result, I tabled an amendment asking for the Assembly to “categorically…

Richard Tracey: Strike reform is urgently needed

Once again, we find ourselves under threat from yet another potential tube strike. RMT members are being balloted on a possible “significant few days of action” in the New Year according to union bosses. Whether or not the strike ultimately goes ahead, just the threat of action will make life worse for ordinary Londoners. If strike action does happen, then London’s economy will suffer but…

Steve O'Connell: Convert Empty Garages Into Affordable Studios and Workshops for Start-Ups

Business is booming in the UK. There are an estimated 4.9million private sector businesses in the UK, employing around 24.3million people, with a combined turnover of £3.3billion. Three quarters of these businesses are non-employing, or sole traders. However, although thriving enterprise is a good news story for our economy, start-ups and micro businesses are threatened by continuously rising commercial property prices. Small businesses in London…

3K empty garages identified in London: Convert them into affordable studios and workshops for start-ups

New report urges initial London pilot of 300 garages, with eventual UK-wide roll out Converting some of London’s 3,275 identified empty garages into basic studios, workshops and offices could provide the Capital’s start-ups with affordable space and opportunity to grow. A new report, ‘From Lock Up to Start Up’, urges housing associations to transform disused garages into commercial spaces and rent them out at competitive…